New nutritional supplement does not harm calves during nursing

17By Noêmia Lopes

Agência FAPESP – When they are born, calves do not yet have complete control over the rumen, the first of four compartments that form a structure similar to the stomach in ruminants. The development of the organ depends on the ingestion of solid food, which is fermented by bacteria and yields a final product that is absorbed and metabolized by the internal walls of the rumen.

For this reason—and to reduce the cost of maintaining calves on a liquid diet, which decreases the amount of milk available for sale—the diet of calves in the nursing stage is typically supplemented with corn-based concentrate, a food with high energetic value, and protein sources based on soymeal. However, researchers from the Zootechny Department at Universidade de São Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz Agricultural School (Esalq/USP) in Piracicaba (SP) have sought a superior supplement… >>Continue Reading<<

Source and Photo: Agência FAPESP, 11th September, 2013
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One response to “New nutritional supplement does not harm calves during nursing

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